University of Melbourne launches knowledge hub for women with political ambitions

A non-partisan program to advance women’s participation in Australian politics has launched a new knowledge hub to share research, articles and interviews that will equip more women with the skills to be elected.

The Pathways to Politics program for women, run by the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and the Trawalla Foundation, has been training participants for six years now with 15 of its alumni. achieve electoral success at all levels of government.

Since the beginning of the program, a collaborative network of interstate programs has been established with partner universities QUT and UNSW.

The program this month unveiled a new library of online content with contributions from politicians, advocates, academics, journalists and advocates. It includes cutting-edge research, articles, interviews, and other resources.

Graduate and author of Get elected Ruth McGowan, journalist Annabel Crabb and Michelle Evans, director of the Dilin Duwa Center for Indigenous Business Leadership, added their expertise to the knowledge hub.

Dr Julie Wells, vice president (strategy and culture) at the University of Melbourne, said she expected at least 20 alumni of the program to stand in the 2022 national and federal elections.

“The program has a proven track record of helping our talented and committed women get elected across the country,” Wells said.

“The university is proud to be a founding partner of the program and congratulates the team on the launch of the knowledge hub,” she added.

Pathways to Politics director Dr Meredith Martin said participants in this year’s program will develop a useful network of peers.

“The hands-on, experiential format of the 2022 program will support active participation through workshops, case studies, panel discussions, and foster strong connections between participants – forging invaluable networks,” she said. declared.

The University of Melbourne is inviting applications from eligible women to participate in its 10-module program which will run from July to November. Applications will be accepted until April 26.

Business leader Carol Schwartz, who chairs the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and the Trawalla Foundation, said this was a critical moment of change for women in public service.

“Equal representation will shape culture, decision-making, collaboration, and ultimately reflect community issues in a more complete way,” Shwartz said.


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